Hope Stone reaches hundreds of children a year with mindful arts education taught by passionate, seasoned professional artists in multiple disciplines. The instructors teach love, respect, self discipline, and countless other invaluable life skills while providing the highest quality instruction. The joy of a Hope Stone classroom is indescribable.
I have been a dancer and teacher with Hopestone for the past five years.
I am currently teach special populations for Hopestone including underserved, homeless and disabled.
Art teaches compassion, critical thinking, confidence, creativity, focus, perseverance, how to receive constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. I see this overall growth of my students throughout the year.
The reach of the Hopestone organization is vast and is continually growing. The dedication to quality teaching is of utmost importance and teachers are given the necessary tools to excel.
This organization is always striving to evolve in order to give art to all.
I am new to Houston but have heard about Hope Stone's work to bring art to the underserved for a while. This company is thinking "out of the box" to find more ways that art can bring joy, heal and help people evolve! I'm truly honored to know the artists involved and am inspired by their work!
I have been involved with Hope Stone for over 3 years. This organization has a terrific vision and offers first rate programs. There CEO and staff operate with the highest levels of integrity. The ongoing outreach to bring art to those without access has been something to watch and be a part of. If you attend any Hope Stone event you will see children and adults transformed before your eyes.
I cannot say enough about how great this organization is and the wonderful things they bring to our children! The instructors are so loving and caring!! They take time to warm the hearts of all the children they come in contact with on a weekly basis!! Wednesdays are our favorite days!!! We love Hope Stone!! Thanks for bringing the ARTS to our fabulous children at Generation One!!!!
We have had a wonderful partnership with Hope Stone for several years. It has been a great experience. From the administration to the teachers, it has been a pleasure to work with them. They are flexible and attentive to any ideas and suggestions. Aside from those positive things, their program is of great benefit to the children they serve in our program. Our children grow in many ways through the enrichment they receive through the Hope Stone program.
It is truly amazing the importance of non-profit art programs in the overall education process for society today. I am continually in awe of the outreach and the profound success Hope Stone brings to children whom have had art programs completely removed from their educational programs. This success is what has inspired me to stay involved with the program. Our children have grown up with this program and have gone on to give back by working with the amazing professional teaching staff in the classrooms today.
Hope Stone is one of the most visible and effective dance and art outreach programs for all ages in Houston! We heard about Hope Stone not long after we moved to Houston, and we heard of and witnessed the impact that they had on the community as a whole! Besides outreach, social dance lessons were offered, of which I have taken Salsa and Waltz... the only two dance classes I've ever taken. On top of that, the Hope Stone dance company introduced me to some of the most fun and innovative dancers and choreographers in the area. I can honestly say that Hope Stone has been one of the things I like most about Houston, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!
My three children attended " Kid's Play " a performance program at Hope Stone for about 4 years. The level of commitment and talent Hope Stone's staff brought to my children and their peers was a important support the children needed. It was difficult to say goodbye when we moved out of Houston!
Review from Guidestar
All three of my kids have enjoyed Hopestone's Kid's Play for several years now! My older teen loves the teens group of dance, yoga, drama, and drumming! His teachers are talented and good role models! My younger teen has found his nitch with the photography class, his teacher is fantastic!
Hopestone is a organization that believes in art for all.
I am a strong believer that all should have the opportunity to heal, learn and grow through art. Hopestone is an organization that has allowed me to share and teach dance to others. In the process I have found that when people are finished with the dance class they are excited that they have the opportunity to dance, express themselves and learn. Usually they express to me that they are glad that dance classes exist and that they try to go to gyms and work out but it doesn't feel as good for the body.
Children in my experience have the same experience., minus the gym part They enjoy the creative choices in a structured environment. I have seen growth and joy from big to smalll!
Everyone progresses at their own rate and all victories are celebrated and acknowledged in this art and dance organization. This I find is different from any other of its kind in Houston.
Review from Guidestar
I moved back to Houston with the intention of moving to New York City after I saved up some money. On my journey I needed to keep my dancing skills intact and found Hopestone. I started by taking class, then I started to volunteer, then I was asked to help with the childerns programs, then I was asked to be a company member and teach technique class.
Not only do I have the opportunity to change lives through dance in Houston but I have found a place that has allowed me to do so with such ease.
I currently have no intention on moving and look forward to growing with and in this community called Hopestone.
Hope Stone Inc is such a wonderful non-profit organization. The kids program is just one of the many ways they teach humans about art and how art is beneficial for the soul. Hope stone has taught me to be a better dancer and learn how to love the art in our everyday existence.
A dynamic organization that continues to push art to the forefront. Inspiring, creative and a community gem.
Hope Stone is an amazing organization, bringing the arts to at-risk youth through a dynamic program called Kids Play. A year-long drumming, theater and creative movement class, kids explore, grow, gain confidence, learn to work together and ooze creativity. In addition, scholarships are given to many kids in town to take various arts classes. Finally, Hope Stone Dance Company is the toast of Houston's modern dance scene and opens up hundreds of seats to at-risk kids for their performances. Jane Weiner is a phenomenal visionary, promoting that art not only heals, but is necessary for a healthy and vibrant life.
I became an intern at Hope Stone right after I graduated from college and moved to Houston 2 years ago. At this time I did not have a job yet in the Houston area, but I knew Hope offered a welcoming start to jump into the Houston arts community. It is a place I can go to take class; to continue growing as an artist, to come back to my center, and to be with others who share my love for learning about movement. Jane has had a huge impact on my dance education since college. She and the entire Hope Stone staff have such a generous, genuine, and positive energy. One of the most positive programs that this organization has in effect is HopeWerks; a residency program that allows young and growing artists the opportunity to use the space for artistic creation and production. I have been a part of 2 HopeWerks so far and have applied for the opportunity to have my own residency. Hope Stone is definitely an asset to the Houston arts community. It is one of the few organizations in Houston in which I have felt at home.
I have watched this wonderful non profit Hope Stone Inc. from its birth and Jane Weiner make it happen with all of her heart and soul. It's been a journey and hard hard hard work on her part and all who are involved. I love the company and what it stands for and the things that it does for this community. It's just what it says it is. HOPE for the community and all who enter it's doors. The best of the Best.
I started going to Hope Stone about a year ago right after graduating from college and joined the company. The classes offered are great and I always fall in love with all the instructors. Not only the classes and instructors are great, the staff at Hope Stone are very nice and friendly as well. Overall, this place is full of love and warm people. Going to the Hope studio is now a part of my daily routine. I can't start a day without taking a class there.
My six-year-old son started taking kids yoga and creative movement last fall and he absolutely loves it. The teachers are top notch. They are kind and friendly and respectful of the children. They also are constantly encouraging the kids in fun ways to reach beyond what they thought they could do physically and artistically. We are so happy at Hope Stone!
I have been a believer and supporter in Hope Stone for many years. My children and I have all enjoyed classes at Hope Stone. Jane Wiener's internal sunlight and incredible enthusiasm for bringing the arts back into childrens' and adults' lives is unmatched. As well as the classes, Hope Stone takes classes to schools that do not provide art in any way. Hope Stone also has an amazing dance company which performs throughout the year. My kids and I LOVE going to their shows because they all have a "Jane flair" that is sure to fill you with joy. Helping Hope Stone in anyway is an honor and gives me pure joy! I will always support Hope Stone.
Hope Stone not only fills our lives with art through wonderful performances and classes for both children and adults, but provides a to go place for the former dancer who enjoys working out in a caring, loving, easy going, welcoming, always improving environment like their's.
I first started taking class at HopeStone a few years ago participating in the adult dance program, I was immediately impress by the level of their instructors and the welcoming atmosphere. A year ago I had to go through foot surgery and was unable to dance for a while, Jane suggested a few classes a could participate on with a cast on my foot that would help me stay in shape and aid my recovery, I loved the classes and I have kept coming back to them in addition to ballet now. The diversity and quality of the classes offered is again impressive. On the other hand the wonderful job they do with the children and with their performing company is what every city needs to keep the arts alive and thriving.
I have found Hope Stone, Inc., to be the most careing, encouraging, creative and exhilerating organization for children through adults in dance, yogo, music and appreciating the arts in general ,of any other non-profit of its type.
The professional staff gives personal, hands on, teaching to each participant in every program. The afterschool programs for "children at risk" teaches them responsibility along with the arts: dancing, drums, theater and exercise. Each year this group is provided the opportunity to see live theater, free! Many times it's their only experience visiting a theater, seeing a live performance and then talking about it's impact on them after.
Please recognize this Outstanding Organization.
Mrs. Steve Hoy
Hope Stone still has a very special place in my heart. Jane Weiner believed in my artistry and her willingness to offer me a number of opportunities proved to impact my confidence that still positively affects my creative career today. Hope Stone was most definitely my dance home in a number of ways and I know I would still feel the warmth of home if I were to visit even many years later. It was a safe and joyful place I was able to explore parts of myself, my artistry and my talents.
Thank you Hope Stone for your lasting impact!
Great people doing great things for our community! I have been personally associated with Hopestone since its inception and have seen so much good come from this organization.